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WASHINGTON – Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar seems to have deleted the tweets that drew accusations of anti-Semitism from both Republican and Democratic colleagues two weeks ago.
The Minnesota Democrat, along with her appointment to the Foreign Affairs Committee, drew the ire of House Republican leaders because of a 2012 tweet (that was also deleted), in which she accused Israel of having "hypnotized the world." She then sparked more outrage with tweets criticizing the influence of pro-Israel lobbying groups.
On Feb. 10, journalist Glenn Greenwald tweeted a link to an article in which House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., threatened to take "action" against Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., for the two new Muslim members of Congress' criticisms of Israel. Greenwald said it was "stunning" how much American politicians defend Israel.
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"It's all about the Benjamins baby," Omar tweeted in reply.
When another Twitter user asked the Somali-American congresswoman who she thought was paying those politicians, Omar tweeted, "AIPAC!" The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is one of the largest pro-Israel lobbying organizations in the U.S.
Critics from across the political spectrum denounced Omar's tweets for playing into old anti-Semitic tropes and conspiracies about Jewish people, money and political influence. Omar apologized unequivocally for the tweets in a statement the next day.
It was not immediately clear exactly when or why the tweets were taken down, but users on Twitter began to take notice on Sunday.
"Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar is deleting her anti-Semitic tweets. But deleting tweets doesn’t change that she still supports the anti-Semitic BDS movement to boycott and delegitimize Israel," tweeted Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, referencing Omar's support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which is critical of Israel's treatment of Palestinians.
Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar is deleting her anti-Semitic tweets.
But deleting tweets doesn’t change that she still supports the anti-Semitic BDS movement to boycott and delegitimize Israel.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) February 26, 2019
Omar's office did not immediately respond to USA TODAY's request for comment.
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